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University of the INCARNATE WORD

3D Animation & Game Design

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So now you're done with high school and

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So you’re done with High School and you’re trying to make your important selection of colleges. It is indeed an important decision to make and one that can set the tone for your early career. The options are continually broadening and the offerings by universities, colleges, and art institutes are increasingly diverse.

So with all the possibilities, why choose 3D@UIW? Well, to be frank, we might not be the program for everyone. We are an aggressive program with demanding classes that aim to push our students into new areas and make their outlook broad and their skills sharp. We work very hard; but we have lots of fun while we’re doing it. We empower our students to do more, and expect empowered work.

Our professors and instructors are well trained, well qualified, and active in the industry. They are out and about within the industry continually taking the pulse of the dynamic market and investigating new options for our graduates. The work of our professors can be seen in movies and games around the world.

Have any questions? Would you like to see the campus or the facilities? Please contact us and let us know; we’d be glad to provide any info about what we do and why we do it.

 

What to do next?

So you’ve seen the site, reviewed the curriculum and checked out the work that 3D@UIW students do. You’re convinced that this is the place for you. What next?

  1. Apply for university admissions with the Office of Admissions.
  2. Upon acceptance, immediately talk with Financial Aid to find out what aid you are eligible for.
  3. You will receive a letter from the School of Media & Design welcoming you to the school and providing you with contact information.
  4. Download and take a look at the 4 Year Plan curriculum.
  5. Contact your faculty advisor (provided in the above letter) within 3D@UIW to set up the classes you should take.
  6. Meet with your 3D@UIW Advisor.
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Degree:

The 3D Animation & Game Design Department at the University of the Incarnate Word offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).  The BFA is considered a “professional prepratory” degree, meaning that when you graduate with a BFA, you’re ready to enter to enter the workplace.

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Animation

Students gain the animation knowledge to work in the game or film industry. 

DEVELOPMENT
SUCCESS

Our students have to gone to work at studios such as Sony Santa Monica, Rooster Teeth, Third Floor, Sony PlayStation, Naughty Dog and more!

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INDUSTRY PROFESSORS

Our professors and instructors are well trained, well qualified, and active in the industry. They are out and about within the industry continually taking the pulse of the dynamic market and investigating new options for our graduates.

Student success

Our students have gained internships at studios such as  Disney & Sony.  Also, our graduates work can be seen in movies and games around the world. 

QUALITY TEACHING

Our professors have over 25 combined years of teaching experience. 

SMALL CLASS SIZES

We keep our class sizes small which means every student gets noticed and receives quality feedback. Our classes become a small community where we are all there to help each other succeed. 

Computer Labs

Our  computer labs, which are available to our students 24/7, are constantly updated with the latest software and hardware, keeping out students up to date with industry standards.

Community

While we work very hard, we have lots of fun while we're doing it. 

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Meet

our faculty

A portrait of Kassanda Arevalo
A portrait of Kassanda Arevalo
Kassandra Arevalo

A graduate of UIW’s BFA program in Animation, Professor Arevalo comes back after working at Immersed Games.

a portrait of Troy Mishler
a portrait of Troy Mishler
Troy Mishler

After a most recent stop at Bluepoint Games in Austin, Professor Mishler has recently worked on projects like Shadow of the Colossus, Everquest Next, and Everquest 2. Mishler leads the Environment Arts modeling side of the program.

A portrait of Jing Tian Li
A portrait of Jing Tian Li
Jingtian Li

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Professor Li is also a graduate of the prestigious China Central Academy of Fine Arts. Li leads the character modeling, design, and rigging courses.

A portrait of Matt Tovar
A portrait of Matt Tovar
Matthew Tovar

Professor Tovar has worked on such blockbuster films and games as:  Marvel's Avengers, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, Call of Duty: Ghosts, The Last of Us, The Amazing Spiderman, Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception,  Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time just to name a few. Professor Tovar is a 2008 graduate of UIW’s animation program.

A portrait of Adam Watkins
A portrait of Adam Watkins
Adam Watkins

Professor & Coordinator

Watkins has been teaching 3D animation and game design techniques for over 20 years.  He is the author of over ten books including current industry best sellers Getting Started in 3D with Maya  and Creating Games with Unity as well as over 100 articles on animation and game creation techniques.

Watkins has served as Chief Technology Officer, Creative Director or Studio Manager for a variety of studios including the Justice Media Lab and VISIBLE Studios at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is currently the owner and CCO of the 3D studios Spoon Designs, LLC and Augmented Ideas, LLC.

Watkins currently serves as the department coordinator for 3D Animation & Game Design.

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